What is Black Philanthropy Month? 

Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network as an annual global celebration of African-descent giving.  BPM culminates with a giving day on August 28 initiated by Young, Black and Giving Back Institute to promote financial support for Black-led and Black-benefiting grassroots organizations. 

What is #BPM2020CLT?

#BPM2020CLT is a collaborative initiative to observe BPM and celebrate Black giving in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Throughout August, #BPM2020CLT will encourage and promote community-wide participation by:

  • Illuminating fresh stories on Charlotte’s Black philanthropists and Black-led nonprofits, profiling who they are and why they matter
  • Engaging community members and nonprofit leaders with a variety of virtual events to heighten awareness and make connections
  • Channeling donation dollars and match resources to benefit Black-led nonprofits
  • Culminating the month-long campaign with #CLTGivesBlack, a concerted giving day on August 28

Project Organizers

  • New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP Charlotte) is a giving circle that values preserving culture, building community and sharpening philanthropy’s social impact for racial equity and equality.
  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Charlotte  promotes interaction among the nine historically Black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities, known collectively as  “The Divine Nine.”
  • My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte (MBK-CLT MECK) is committed to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color by serving as the backbone organization of a collective impact effort.
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte brings people together, from all backgrounds and circumstances, to create connections that transform lives and community.
  • SHARE Charlotte works to build a better Charlotte by empowering nonprofits and helping people invest in their communities in ways that matter most to them.

How You Can Participate 

Participating stakeholders (organizations and individuals) are asked to commit to at least one of the following:

  1. Contribute dollars—make a grant, give a donation or pledge support to one or more participating Black-led nonprofits 
  2. Pledge challenge or match resources for nonprofits (cash, gift cards or other in-kind services) as incentive to drive individual donations
  3. Mobilize resources (e.g. supplies, technology, board members, volunteers) in response to expressed needs and requests of participating Black-led nonprofits
  4. Learn more about local social, economic and power disparities and advocate for racial equity
  5. Read and listen to the firsthand stories from Black nonprofit leaders to gain wider knowledge, deeper understanding of their challenges and causes
  6. Share BPM content through your communications channels 

Additional Ways to Get Involved 

  • If you are a local storyteller (writer, photographer, videographer, etc) and would like to volunteer to help bring the stories of Black-led, Black-benefiting nonprofits to life, contact Nicole Copsis (nicole@sharecharlotte.org
  •  If you are a Black-led, Black-benefiting organization serving Mecklenburg County that would like to learn more, contact Valaida Fullwood of NGAAP Charlotte (valaidafullwood@gmail.com). 

Participating NonprofitsLink to some of the participating Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits